RECRUITING: Jarrod Holt Has Size, Grades, 5 offers

Playing on the offensive line at Clearwater High School is a family tradition for the Holt boys. Joe and Jon played there and parlayed their talent into football scholarships to Division One schools. Now, 6-6, 310-pound Jarrod Holt is maintaining the family tradition. The big lineman with the good grades already has five offers with more on the way.

Jarrod Holt graded out well at the All-America Combine at the University of South Florida in Tampa last Saturday. He also makes the grades in the classroom. This is one big guy who has the talent and the grades to go just about anywhere he wants to go.

His good grades have already attracted football scholarship offers from such elite academic institutions as Duke, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Pitt and Kentucky have also offered.

"It is going great," he said about his school year. "I am trying to finish with a high GPA this year I should finish with a 3.4."

At the combine, he matched up against some very good linemen and he showed he has the ability to compete at the next level just like brother Joe, who played at Virginia, and brother Jon, who is competing for a job on North Carolina State's offensive line.

"I am out here to see how I am rating with the others," he said. "I want to see the best people in Florida right now and see how I compete against them. I am impressed and am glad to be out here with these guys and getting better."

When not working out or playing football he spends his time playing basketball. He was the center on the state runner-up in Class 5A.

While Clearwater will be a very young team in 2005, Holt believes the Tornadoes will be very competitive.

"I think we have a few prospects … we only have 6 seniors on the team … there aren't many but we have some good players," he said. "I think we will have a good team. We are a young team and are still building but our entire offensive line is returning so we should have a good year offensively."

While he has scholarship offers from five out of state schools, he's hoping that the in-state schools will take notice.

"I like all the Florida schools, I am Florida born and raised, but I don't have any favorites right now," he said.

He's visited Gainesville and the University of Florida and he's familiar with Coach Urban Meyer and the new Florida coaching staff.

"I was at practice a couple of times (during spring) and I was at a combine over there," he said. "I like the campus and the new stadium, how they fixed it up. I like the coaching staff … they are real high paced people. They are great and I hope they have a great season."

Jarrod Holt is one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Florida this year. With a premium on offensive line recruiting this year, the Gators will be following his progress closely in the next few months

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